Friday, November 22, 2013
National Communication Association in Washington, D.C. First, I was a discussant on a panel titled "Shall It Not Utterly Wither? A Discussion on Religion’s Growing Rhetorical Disconnect with the Outside World." It was a fascinating discussion with different religious and scholarly traditions represented. I primarily spoke about the efforts by conservative evangelicals to redefine religious liberty (as a tool to establish their religious beliefs) and how this rhetorical framing will likely add to the withering since it eliminates the opportunity for compromise or common ground. My second talk today came as I presented a paper titled "Crashing the Party, Show, and Vote: Tareq Salahi's Quest to (Re)Shape Reality." In the paper I analyzed Salahi's contradictory and ineffective rhetoric in his unsuccessful and short-lived quest to run for governor of Virginia.